Squire (Bud) Dillon


(July 10, 2006)

Funeral services for Shoshoni resident, Squire Franklin (Bud) Dillon, 84, who died Monday, July 10 at Poplar Living Center in Casper, will be Friday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at Mortimore Funeral Home in Thermopolis.

Mike Baker of the Thermopolis Church of Christ will officiate, with burial in Riverside Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Deaver, one of 12 children born to Squire Elmer and Luella (Miller) Dillon. Following high school, he helped to build the Heart Mountain Japanese Relocation Camp, then entered the U.S. Navy in 1942. He was a member of the Naval Armed Guard serving in the Philippines, with service aboard the SS President Fillmore, the SS Frank Emerson, the SS Bluefield and the SS Benjamin H. Grierson.

On Aug. 4, 1945, he married Dorothy Green in Oakland, Calif. Shortly after his discharge, he began working for the CB&Q Railroad, now known as the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. He was section foreman at the time of his retirement. He and his family lived from Warren, Mont., to Guernsey, until settling in Shoshoni in the late 1960s.

He was a member of the Thermopolis Church of Christ, the school board in Warren, Mont., in the late 1950s and the Shoshoni VFW. His interests included rock hunting; cutting, polishing and creating jewelry from rocks; gardening and small engine repair.

Survivors include his daughter, Connie (Jerry) Petty of Bar Nunn; three grandchildren, Squire Andrew of Casper, Patricia Kaiser of Ft. Hood, Texas, and Kristie Watson of Bar Nunn; five great-grandchildren, Hailey, Alyssa and Paige Kaiser and Wilson and Chance Watson; and two sisters, Mamie Sigmon and Gertrude Sigmon Dillinger.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1999; infant son, Danny; his parents; seven brothers, James, Louis “Luke,” Art, Lester “Friday,” Donald, Elmer and Wilbur Dillon; and sisters, Mabel Mason and Hazel Hardin.

Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, WY Division, All America, 525 Randall Ave., Ste. 105, Cheyenne, WY 82001.